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White - Sparkling

1991 Peter Lauer Saar Riesling Sekt Reserve

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

7/28/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 91 points

Beating the heat with Whites and Bubbles (Mott St., Chicago IL): Nose: The nose is intriguing and complex with red apples, biscuits, some waxy notes, pears, and honeydew.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acidity. There is a sharpness to the acidity, but it isn't overbearing with biscuits, red apples, waxy notes, honeydew, and some bleu cheese on the back end.

Overall: This was a bit of a moving target. It would reveal itself in some moments and then play coy in others. On the whole, this was a lot of fun and easily one of the more interesting wines I've had recently.

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White - Sparkling

2002 Pierre Moncuit Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Nicole Moncuit Vieille Vigne

Chardonnay more

6/9/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 93 points

Tuesdays at TDS: Moncuit Champagne (Table, Donkey, and Stick, Chicago IL): Nose: The nose just screams from the get go with baked apples, brioche, minerals, pears, hazelnuts, Meyer lemons, some floral notes. There is a lot of depth and class to the nose that really draws you in.

Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium/high acidity. There is a lot of poise and class to the feel with baked apples, brioche, minerals, hazelnuts, meyer lemons, and some floral notes.

Overall: This is a real show stopper. It's deep and layered with a lot of class. That said, it does feel like there is room to grow and I would to try this again in the future.

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White - Sparkling

1995 Pierre Moncuit Champagne Brut Millésime Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

Chardonnay more

6/9/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 92 points

Tuesdays at TDS: Moncuit Champagne (Table, Donkey, and Stick, Chicago IL): Nose: The nose is refined and showing maturity with honey notes, apples, pears, biscuits, florals, and some brioche.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acidity. There is a layered quality to the feel with apples, brioche, pears, minerals, and some honey tones.

Overall: This is really in its pomp right now. It's at that perfect stage of maturity while having freshness to the tones as well.

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White

2012 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Chardonnay more

7/28/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 94 points

Beating the heat with Whites and Bubbles (Mott St., Chicago IL): Nose: This took a slight bit to unwind, but it was showing a lot of class and poise when it did with sea shells, white fruits, pears, crushed rocks, saline, and some apples. There is loads of depth that draws you in.

Taste: Medium bodied with high acidity. The feel is extremely classy and deep with seashells, white fruits, pears, saline, and loads of crushed rocks. The feel is refined with a satiny quality to it.

Overall: This was a stunning wine. Though it is clearly young, it is also extremely irresistible.

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Red

2000 Artadi Rioja Viña el Pisón

Tempranillo more

7/28/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 88 points

Beating the heat with Whites and Bubbles (Mott St., Chicago IL): Nose: The nose shows off a richness to it with black cherries, smoke, licorice, black fruits, and some wood spices. It is a bigger nose, but it is reigned in and shows off more rounder edges than it likely did in its youth.

Taste: Full bodied with medium acidity and silky tannins. The structure has peeled back, but it is still there in a supporting role along with black cherries, violets, licorice, black fruits, and wood spices.

Overall: While this was far from my style, it was showing well. It isn't subtle, but it isn't overdone either. It's a bigger and much more modern-styled Rioja that is certainly in its window.

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White

2012 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Chardonnay more

7/28/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 93 points

Beating the heat with Whites and Bubbles (Mott St., Chicago IL): Nose: The nose is open and giving with loads of springtime florals, crushed rocks, lemon peels, white fruits, pears, citrus notes, and some saline. There is excellent depth with a lovely feminine side to it.

Taste: Medium/light bodied with high acidity. The acidity is certainly noticeable, but it isn't overbearing. The feel has more of a feminine side to it with crushed rocks, lemon peels, white fruits, floral notes, and some saline.

Overall: This was showing beautifully. There is a freshness and understatement that really drives the wine.

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White

2003 F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 'M'

Wachau more

7/28/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 93 points

Beating the heat with Whites and Bubbles (Mott St., Chicago IL): Nose: There is a larger and richer quality to the nose with lychees, peaches, apricots, white pepper, some snow peas, and a touch of cream notes. Though there is a richness to it, it is far from overdone and is extremely balanced.

Taste: Full bodied with medium acidity. The palate shows the larger side, but it is far from too big with lychees, peaches, white pepper, snow peas, and some creams.

Overall: This took a slight bit to unwind, but it was extremely good once it did. The warmth of the vintage played into this, but it more dictated style than anything else. This has aged extremely well and is providing a lot of joy.

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White - Sparkling

2004 Gaston Chiquet Champagne Spécial Club 1er Cru

Champagne Blend more

7/28/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 90 points

Beating the heat with Whites and Bubbles (Mott St., Chicago IL): Nose: The nose is open and perfumed with baked bread, red apples, mineral tones, pears, baking spices, and some floral tones. While the nose is open for business, it seemed to lack a next gear.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acidity. The feel is youthful and slightly lacking depth with red apples, baking spices, mineral tones, pears, and a touch of floral notes.

Overall: This bottle was slightly lacking. It is still an excellent bubbly, it just didn't have that next gear I was expecting.

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White - Sparkling

2008 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier d'Or

Champagne Blend more

7/28/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 92 points

Beating the heat with Whites and Bubbles (Mott St., Chicago IL): Nose: The nose is pristine and aromatic with white fruits, pears, crushed rocks, white florals, apples, and some saline notes. The tones favor the higher register along with showing off a more nuanced side.

Taste: Medium/full bodied with high acidity. The acidity is really punching, but it is also extremely mouthwatering. Through the acidity lies a fresh and feminine feel with white fruits, pears, crushed rocks, apples, and a slight salinity on the back end.

Overall: This most certainly will age. The great question is that if you have bottles of these, will you be able to keep your hands off?

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White - Sparkling

2005 Bereche et Fils Champagne Le Cran

Champagne Blend more

7/28/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 95 points

Beating the heat with Whites and Bubbles (Mott St., Chicago IL): Nose: The nose is wide open to start, but it really revs up with some air to reveal white peaches, pears, red and green apples, crushed rocks, some honeydew, white florals, and freshly baked bread. The depth and class on the nose is what really strikes you along with the multitude of layers too.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acidity. The feel is regal and refined with white peaches, pears, red apples, crushed rocks, white florals, and fresh baked bread. There is a deftness to the tones along with a lot of depth.

Overall: This really grew as it opened up. While it is showing young, there's a real freshness and vibrancy that is extremely attractive.

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White

2011 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes

Chardonnay more

7/30/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 93 points

Nose: Open and aromatic with apples, vanilla, pears, mineral notes, and some floral tones.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium+ acdidity. The feel is silky with excellent length. There is excellent depth too with apples, vanilla, pears, and mineral tones.

Overall: This is lovely and nuanced. This is very drinkable right now, but there are legs for aging too.

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White - Sparkling

NV Nathalie Falmet Champagne Brut Nature

Champagne Blend more

7/25/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 91 points

Nose: The nose is elegant and aromatic with white florals, berries, citrus notes, minerals, pears, baked bread, and some white fruits with some red apples.

Taste: Medium bodied with high acidity. The acidity is rather refreshing and the feel is polished. There is excellent depth with white florals, mineral tones, baked bread, pears, and some red apples.

Overall: This is from a 2/15/2014 disgorgement. This is lovely and has a real sense of class to it.

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Red

2009 Franck Balthazar Cornas Chaillot

Syrah more

7/22/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 92 points

Nose: It took a while to open up, but once it has there are deep and savory notes of black cherries, olives, spice tones, black pepper, leather and earth tones.

Taste: Full bodied with chewy tannins and medium+ acdidity. The tannins are more on the sneaky side with black cherries, olives, spices tones, black pepper, and some violet notes on the back end.

Overall: This is a lovely young Cornas. This opened up after about 7 hrs, so if one is to drink this young, give it a ton of air.

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White

2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope

Sta. Rita Hills more

7/18/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 91 points

Nose: The nose shows off excellent depth with honeycomb, red apples, pears, florals, and some mineral notes.

Taste: Medium/Full bodied with medium+ acidity. The feel is well balanced with red apples, pears, mineral tones, and some honeycomb notes.

Overall: This is fantastic. It can age further, but this delicious right now.

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Red

2000 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/18/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 93 points

Nose: The nose is sumptuous with dark red cherries, pencil lead, cranberries, tobacco, cedar notes, and a touch of leather.

Taste: Medium bodied with silky tannins and medium acidity. The structure is starting to retreat, but it's still there along with dark red cherries, tobacco, cranberries, and some spice box notes.

Overall: This is just starting to drink. It's young and has a long way to go.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Philippe Glavier Champagne Brut Rosé

Champagne Blend more

7/18/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 91 points

Nose: The nose is precise and laser-like with crushed rocks, white fruits, strawberries, floral notes, and a touch of dough tones. There is excellent depth with the tones having an airy quality to them as well.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acidity. The feel is lighter on its feet with crushed rocks, strawberries, white fruits, and floral notes.

Overall: This is a lovely and crisper style of Rose. That is likely due to the high Chardonnay content (90%), but it does show off the slight bit of Pinot to round it out.

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Rosť

2014 Liquid Farm Mourvedre Rosé Vogelzang

Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara more

7/18/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 89 points

Nose: The nose is fresh and lively with strawberries, citrus notes, some floral tones, with a racy minerality underlying it.

Taste: Light bodied with high acidity. There is a refreshing quality to the acidity with strawberries, minerals, and citrus notes.

Overall: This is perfect for the summer. It's refreshing with a lovely underlying minerality.

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Red

1996 Marcarini Barolo La Serra

Nebbiolo more

7/13/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 92 points

Nose: The nose is pretty, perfumed, and floral with violets, roses, wild flowers, red cherries, tar, and some roasted herbs notes.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acidity and chewy tannins. The structure is there, but it isn't too overpowering with violets, wild flowers, red cherries, incense, and tar.

Overall: This took about an hour to really open. This bottle was lovely and feminine like I would expect while hitting on all cylinders.

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White - Sparkling

2006 Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Brut Millésimé

Champagne Blend more

7/12/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 92 points

Nose: The nose shows off class and poise with pears, white florals, minerals, baked dough, yeasty notes, and bits of lemons.

Taste: Medium bodied with high acidity. The acidity is quite youthful and noticeable. While there is clear youth to the wine, it's extremely drinkable with pears, minerals, baked dough, lemons, and some white florals.

Overall: This is a lovely champagne. I would love to try it again in 4-5 years to see how it evolves. As for right now, air is its friend and this kept revealing more further into the bottle.

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White

2011 Domaine Amiot Guy et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers

Chardonnay more

7/11/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 90 points

Nose: The nose is wide open with red apples, pears, lemons, floral tones, some baking oils, and a variety peaches.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acidity. There is a fatness to the feel, but it isn't too big with red apples, baking oils, peaches, and lemons.

Overall: This is gorgeous and giving. There is a fatness to it, but with and understatement too.

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White

2011 Domaine Amiot Guy et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Jean

Chardonnay more

7/11/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 90 points

Nose: The nose has a reserved, but fresh side to it with peaches, red apples, lemon curds, pears, white fruits, and some citrus notes.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium+ acidity. The feel is rounded with red apples, peaches, lemon curds, and citrus notes.

Overall: This is fairly giving right now. There is a fatness to the palate, but it isn't too big.

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White

2010 Jean Noel Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets

Chardonnay more

7/11/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 92 points

Nose: The nose has a more fruited side with red and green apples, lemon curds, pears, and a good dose of white fruits.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium+ acdidity. The acidity is mouth watering, but it isn't overpowering with red and green apples, lemon curds, pears, and some acacia florals on the back end.

Overall: While this is younger, it's really good. This certainly has a ways to go, but it is really lovely with air.

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White

2012 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Boudriotte

Chardonnay more

7/11/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 91 points

Nose: There is a floral side to this with acacia florals, white fruits, peaches, minerals, and a touch of pears.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium/high acdidity. The feel is polished and regal with acacia florals, peaches, pears, and mineral tones.

Overall: This is clearly young, but it's also quite enjoyable with some air.

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White

2012 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière

Chardonnay more

7/11/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 92 points

Nose: The nose is wound a slight bit tight, but with excellent depth and red apples, pears, white peaches, minerals, and apple blossoms.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium+ acidity. There is real class to the feel with red apples, pears, minerals, and apple blossoms.

Overall: This took a slight bit to unwind, but as it did it revealed a real perfumed and elegant side.

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White

2012 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers

Chardonnay more

7/11/2015 - KeithAkers wrote: 91 points

Nose: There is a springtime sense to the tones with apples, white peaches, white florals, lemon curds, and a touch of honeydew. There is excellent depth and a refinement to it.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium+ acidity. The feel is well balanced and polished with white peaches, white florals, lemon curds, orchard fruits, and honeydew.

Overall: This is a lovely young Chassagne-Montrachet. There is an understatement to this with excellent depth.

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